PCT – Days 59 to 63 – Crater Lake to Big lake Youth Camp

DATE:  July 3 – July 720120713-204513.jpg

START:  Crater Lake Mazama Village

FINISH:  A couple of miles beyond Big Lake Youth Camp

DISTANCE:  172.5 miles (277.6 km)

DAILY AVERAGE:  34.5 miles (55.5 km)

TOTAL DISTANCE:  2002.9 miles ( 3805.5 km)

HIGHLIGHTS:

Crater Lake: Simply one of the earth’s great natural wonders. But, wow, what a difference five years make! In 2007 there was not a snow flake within cooee, whereas this time around I was postholing up the wazoo, Mexican kids were building snowmen and old grannies were offering me rum-laced apple cider from orange and black thermos’.

Three Sisters: Majestic snow-capped peaks and moon-like lava landscapes combine to form one of the most memorable sections of trail on the PCT.

Speed Stick: Headed into Bend, OR, to catch up with an old friend from my 2007 PCT hike, Mary “Speed Stick” Moynihan. It was my first time visiting the town, and although I didn’t see much apart from the inside of a couple of microbreweries/bars, I had a fantastic time. Thanks for your wonderful hospitality, Mary!

LOWLIGHTS:

Mosquitos: Hordes of the little blighters were hatching as I made my way through the lakes area between Shelter Cove and Elk Lake. What a wonderful piece of equipment is the headnet! A little sanctuary of mesh surrounded by the buzzing madness of a million tiny blood thirsty assassins! Don’t take my word for it, see the  following You Tube video for visual confirmation: http://youtu.be/7KXTmCIJ9Hs

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